Mar 152014

Q. I have a wedge with a short chain attached clearly marked St. Catharines that I believe to be between 80 and 100 years old. What other products besides axes and wedges would (the company) have manufactured?

A: The wedge is from the Warren Axe and Tool Company, which had a factory in St. Catharines.

The St. Catharines Museum’s Alicia Floyd dug up some information for Search Engine about the company, which was located at Ontario and Carlton streets.

It was founded in Warren, Pennsylvania and incorporated on Dec. 27, 1893. According to the publication “Stepping Stones” by the Warren County Historical Society, the company started off with one steam hammer, eight tons of grindstones, one steam boiler and 21,728 pounds of metal. It was best known for a tempering process patented by William J. Sager.

Over the years, it changed its name to The Standard Axe and Tool Works and based itself in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. It then moved to several acres of property in St. Catharines, built a modern brick building and founded itself as the Canadian Warren Axe and Tool Company.

An advertisement from an unknown source cited the opening of the St. Catharines plant in 1912.

A 1914-1915 directory said the company was a manufacturer of axes, lumbering tools, post hole diggers, “large bolts and forgins, linemen’s tools, etc.”

The Stepping Stone publication said the business merged with the largest tool company in Canada, the Canadian Logging Tool Company, a short time later. It then took over Thomas Pink and Sons Company of Pembroke, Ontario. The merged companies ran out of the St. Catharines factory and were renamed Canadian Warren Pink Ltd.

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Q: Off Fourth St. Louth in the far west end, the Pathstone sign has either been vandalized or purposefully taken apart. What is happening there?

A: Mother Nature was the vandal.

Pathstone CEO Ellis Katsof said a quarter of the sign announcing the agency’s development on the southeast corner of Fourth Ave. and Third St. was literally blown off in a big wind storm two weeks ago. That was in spite of the fact the sign company put extra strong rings on when mounting the sign because they knew it was standing in an open field.

The sign has since been repaired and looks like it was never damaged.

Pathstone Mental Health is constructing a $9 million, 50,000-square-foot facility on the property. Construction will start late summer or early fall.

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Q: I was interested in your reply to “Trees stand on guard for canal” (Search Engine, March 1). Do you know what kind of deciduous trees were planted?

A: The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has provided us with a list of the types of trees planted below the Seaway office south of Glendale Ave. and on other Seaway locations. The trees are chosen because the roots won’t impact the structure of the canal or grow too tall for overhead wires. They include deciduous varieties of Freeman Maple, Silver Maple, Thornless Honeylocust, Sycamore and Trembling Aspen. Coniferous trees include Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Colorado Spruce and Eastern Red Cedar.

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Fact Finder!

Search Engine asked its online readers on March 1, “Do you ever flash your lights to warn other drivers about police up ahead?” Of 575 responses, 60% said “Yes, I try to give other drivers the heads up” while 36% said they don’t. The “no” responses were broken down into 18% who said “No, but I appreciate it when others do it” and 18% who said “No, I think it’s the wrong thing to do.” Another 4% said “Don’t know. I’ve never been in that situation.”

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